JennyJenny England

After working for thirty years as a journalist/historian, Jenny started writing sci-fi for children and adults and occasionally illustrating them (when she was not spending time with her grandkids). Most have been published in The School Magazine, anthologies and online. She has also been contributing to a wide variety of magazines such as Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit, Australiana and Nurture. Now essentially retired Jenny has taken up a challenge of entering and (hopefully winning) competitions. Jenny will track her journey through this challenge here at www.competitions.com.au.

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Luck, Chance and Probability

‘You know Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help’ Bill Waterson, Calvin and Hobbes  What exactly is luck? Can we attract luck? Can we share luck? When an event in our life has been influenced by luck or we wish someone ‘good luck’ what do we mean? It is hard to
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Creative Comping

I just love creative competitions; they are my all-time favourites. So I was elated when I found a colouring-in competition in a recent That’s Life magazine: a colouring-in competition for adults! It was just my cup of tea, so I enthusiastically coloured away for an hour or so and sent it off with the required
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Some Interesting Facts, Figures and Statistics

If you, like so many others, continue with the dream to win Lotto, did you know you have more chance of being struck by lightning than winning Lotto?  Well, it’s true. According to the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing the odds of winning the NSW Lotto is about 1 in 8,145,060 with a
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The Travel Prize King

Are you constantly dreaming of winning that elusive overseas holiday or maybe just a free trip in Australia? Well, here is an inspiring story to keep you trying. Surferboy 83 from the forum has won four amazing trips over the last four years. The first one, he tells me, was through Billabong: a trip for
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Zen and the Art of Day-to-Day Comping

It was roughly a year and a half ago that I came up with the bright, if not slightly insane, idea of writing this weekly blog. And so, it began and continues. Although I have been entering competitions (or ‘comping’) for most of my life, it has only been fairly recently that I decided to
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Winter Comping…Brr…

It’s almost June and June heralds the start of winter and the start of many winter-themed competitions. Prizes such as holidays in the snow as well as gas heaters, slow cookers, winter recipe books, Ugg boots and the usual books, DVDs, movie and theatre tickets will probably continue to appear over the next few months.
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Nine Notes for Newbies

Don’t dismiss small competitions run through local businesses, charities, church or your local school, playgroup or pre-school. You often have a better chance of winning a prize through them than through the large, well promoted competitions, especially those advertised on television or national newspapers. Also keep you ears open for competitions on your local radio
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Dear Competition Sponsor

Dear Competition Sponsor On behalf of the many enthusiastic and committed compers in Australia and beyond, I am writing to you to both commend you on your efforts to provide us with the competitions we enter every day and to give you some hints and tips from ‘the other side of the fence’. We fully
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How Far Would You Go?

I waited with anticipation and a fair degree of curiosity until the Dracarkis Jeweller’s Facebook page announced the winner of a $10,000 diamond ring through their recent Hearts On Fire competition in April this year, held in Sydney. To enter this competition first you had to solve a number of clues that were posted on
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A Comp Queen

Sarah Phillips is no ordinary, run-of-the-mill comper.  She has taken her comping hobby to a new level over the last year or so after starting her very popular blog – Diary of a Comp Queen. Now, on top of winning some pretty amazing prizes on a regular basis from week to week, she is also
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It’s Complicated

I often wish I had a time machine and could transport myself back in time to when entering competitions was as easy as sending off your 25 WOL answer on the back of an envelope or filling out a form by hand and putting it in a box at the supermarket. These days entering competitions
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Mum’s The Word

You would think that running a household and raising five young children would pretty much take up every spare minute of the day but somehow Ali Henderson still seems to find plenty of time to enter competitions. “I’ve always entered competitions”, she tells me. “I used to get small wins through magazines such as Take
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Buy to Win with Nabbit

When I began comping many years ago the most common competitions were ‘buy to win’ competitions where you had to purchase a product, keep the receipt or packaging and send off an entry form (or put it in a special box at the supermarket). Times have definitely changed! Obviously the main aim of competitions is
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A Winning Streak

We all know him on the competitions Forum as inwithachance but he could just as easily call himself mrwinningstreak because this lucky comper, who has only been comping since last August, has been on a winning streak ever since. At last count, he has won 62 prizes (with a few freebies and product reviews thrown
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Mail-in Competitions

It doesn’t seem to be that long ago when entering competitions meant writing your answer and your contact details on the back of an envelope and posting it off or putting a filled-out entry form into a specially marked box at the supermarket. Well, these days are certainly gone! I have noticed that in other
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The Pros and Cons of Autofills

One of the most annoying things you find when you start comping (apart from the fact that you don’t always win straight away) is the tedious task of filling out all the entry forms. Most competitions require quite a bit of information in entry forms, which fascinates me sometimes. Like, why do they always need
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Persistence Pays Off

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning. Denis Waitley  My late father was a wonderful mentor to me all through his long and active life. Of the many things he taught me the one that stood
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A Comping Quiz

I think the time has come to take another Comping Quiz, don’t you! Here ‘tis: 1. Your best friend just rang to tell you she had won a holiday in Hawaii for two. Would you: Congratulate her (with a little sigh). Cross your fingers and hope she is going to ask you to join her.
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Blog Giveaways

When looking around for competitions to enter once you have exhausted all those on the website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, don’t dismiss the giveaways run through (sometimes small and obscure) blogs. In fact, it is because they are small and obscure, they can be worth entering. Just like Facebook business and interest pages, bloggers are
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Winners are Grinners

Winning is fun! That’s why we all enjoy it so much (well, most of the time anyway). However, occasionally when we get a bit carried away we forget to make a note of the competitions we enter and miss out on the prizes because we haven’t checked back to the announcement of the winners to
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How to Survive a Prize Drought

You have been on top of the world. The prizes have been regularly appearing at your doorstep or in your mailbox. Finally you thought you could call yourself a successful comper. Then suddenly it happens. Things slow down. You are still entering heaps of competitions. You know this because your fingers are tired from filling
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More on WOL Competitions

I think the main thing that stumps many compers when tackling WOL answers is when it says that ‘the most creative answer as determined by the judges will win the prize’. What exactly is a creative answer? Well, of course, that all depends on the judge’s view and how on earth are we supposed to
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Tackling WOL Competitions..continued

Many compers feel a little daunted by the task of creating WOL answers but it is often this type of competition that is easier to win. In my last blog post I looked at the straightforward answer. This week I will take you a little deeper into using English creatively by looking at some literary,
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Tackling WOL Competitions

Did you waste a lot of time at school? If you were anything like me, you probably spent much of the time staring out the window day dreaming or thinking about what you were going to get up to on the weekend.  I also managed to while way a fair amount of time, up the
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If the Problem Is….

  I can’t seem to WIN anything. Winning competitions takes time and patience. Some compers start winning as soon as the hobby grabs them and pulls them in. It might take a month or two for others. It’s sad, but some people never seem to win anything. When you start out comping it is best
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Christmas and a New Year

Christmas will soon be upon us and I hope everyone is looking forward to a few days surrounded by family and friends and are taking some well earned rest from the frantic lead up to it. I certainly am and have all the Christmas presents sorted from my wins throughout the year as well as
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Comping

As 2014 draws to a hectic close, I thought it might be a good idea to reflect on the things that compers often do wrong (including me!) in their quest for the ultimate prize. So this week I have put together a list of what I regard as The Seven Deadly Sins of Comping. Feel
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Free Entertainment

With the Christmas/Summer holidays fast approaching it would seem to be a good idea to try to get some free entertainment for you, your family and your friends organised for the coming months. Movie and concert ticket and heaps of DVDs and CDs are always available and in plentiful supply through competitions. One of my
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Prize Pigs and Competition Junkies

I learned a new comping acronym the other day – WEM (thanks Tracy!). It simply means ‘winning email’, something we all hope to find each time we check our inboxes. This discovery then got me thinking about comping as a hobby. It is a strange one when you start to look at it; what with
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Christmas Competitions

Watch out! It’s nearly Christmas.  I know because Christmas catalogues are starting to appear in my letterbox, Santa is arriving at my local shopping centre this week (so soon?) and last weekend the Berry Markets were full of stalls with Christmassy presents and gear and two Christmas fundraising raffles. I resisted the stalls (it’s a
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More Winning Ways

“The measure of true success is how many times you can bounce back after failure”. Stephan Richards Most successful people will all agree with this hint – celebrate wins, and learn from your losses. But comping is a little different from other competitive activities or gambling as you don’t really lose anything, just a little
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Winning Ways

“Whenever you wan to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed”. Paul Coelho Like any job, hobby, sport or project to achieve the best results it is imperative to throw yourself wholeheartedly into it and stay
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Writing Competitions

Most of the time I remember the competitions I enter and the prizes I am after but as I don’t always keep a regular record of them, occasionally I am surprised when an unexpected parcel arrives at the front door. I am also delighted, mind you. This happened the other day when I was greeted
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Extra Cash for Christmas

Won plenty of prizes this year and have them tucked away safely to use as Christmas presents? I hope so but if not there is still a bit of time and maybe you could also think about some other ways of lightening the financial load in the coming months. Below I have put together a
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Instant Wins

The other week I noticed a comment in the Forum asking whether anyone ever has had any luck with instant win competitions. I thought that was a good question. The most common instant win competitions are the Instant Scratch-its. My father loved Scratch-its and for just about any family gathering would but a heap of
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Halloween

I can’t believe it is nearly the middle of October. This year is slipping by at a fast rate and soon we will be seeing children dressed in all kinds of weird and spooky costumes wandering the streets in search of treats or threatening to perform tricks. Halloween (or All Hallows Eve) is an annual
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Prizes I Haven’t Won … Yet

We all have those elusive prizes we really want to win in the back of our minds when we enter competitions. You know – those things we can’t afford to but for ourselves. Otherwise, well, what’s the point? My list has evolved over the past year while I discovered and surveyed all the various competitions
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It’s School Holidays Again?

Its school holidays again (boy, do they come around fast!) so I thought I might share some of the freebies and competitions I have found lately for my grandkids. The first one I came across while out shopping the other week was the Officeworks Kid’s Ollie Club – www.olliekidsclub.officeworks.com.au. To join the kids up all
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More on Scam Spotting

The other day I almost clicked on a link on a Facebook Page that was informing me that Kmart were giving away $1000 gift vouchers. Just as I was about to reach for the mouse when a Norton Screen suddenly popped up announcing that it had blocked some suspicious incoming content. I was more than
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A Comper Quiz

Want to find out just how committed you are to comping. Well, why not take this fun quiz to find out:- 1. You are standing in a long supermarket queue and have nearly reached the checkout. You spot a sign promoting a competition at the back of the shop. Do you:- A. Ignore it and
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Some Food For Thought

Last year I won a $200 gift voucher in a NSW Lottery Mother’s Day promotion. I used it to buy two restaurant vouchers (which I gave to my two children) and a gourmet hamper for me. I often use gift voucher prizes for restaurant meals and gourmet food as these are usually beyond our tight
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Prizewinning Pets

I just entered a photo of my chubby, tabby cat, Bondi into a Whiskas Big Cat Facebook Competition. It has 5 prizes of $5,000 so definitely worth a try. I know she won’t win it though because it is a voting competition and I don’t have that many Facebook (or other) friends. If you have
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It’s Nearly Spring

It’s nearly Spring. In a couple of weeks we can start saying goodbye to winter coughs and colds, freezing nights and sunless days. We will also start saying goodbye to competitions involving your favourite winter recipe or those with prizes of holidays in the snow. Soon we will start saying hello to warmer days, shorter
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“Like’, “Comment” and “Share” to Win

I just finished watching an intriguing and illuminating documentary on The ABC Four Corners programme about the power of ‘Liking’, ‘Commenting’, ‘Re-tweeting’, ‘Sharing’ and ‘Following’ on social media. Who could have thought, even five years ago how such a small idea and some quick movements of the finger could evolve into the influential and massive
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You Can Call Yourself a Comper…

You can call yourself a comper if…  –         you can happily skip your morning coffee but you can’t start the day without checking out the latest competitions on your favourite website –         the words ‘win’ and ‘congratulations’ set your heart aflutter –         you don’t like weekends as there is no post –         you like Mondays
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Don’t Give UP!

Just like any new venture there often comes a time when giving up seems like a good option. For the last few weeks, after a continuous stream of prizes, one after the other, there has been a bit of a drought in the winning department. However, I did commit to a year-long attempt at this
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Anyone Need a Holiday?

I don’t know many people who, when asked ‘do you need a holiday’ would answer ‘no’. Even if they didn’t feel like they actually needed one, I am sure they would happily agree they would like one. So in this post I am going to take a look at the many and varied opportunities there
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A Birthday at My Local Club

It’s my birthday this month and I recently received a kind letter from my local RSL Club reminding me that I can swipe my membership card any time in July and receive $20 worth of food or beverages as a Birthday Gift. This will give me a free meal and I intend to use it
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Kid’s Competitions

I grew up in the 50s and 60s addicted to all kinds of competitions (yes, I started early!). Back then there were colouring competitions, guessing competitions, raffles, lucky dips and ‘spot the difference’ competitions among many others (found especially at school and church fetes). My favourites were in the kids sections of the Sunday Papers.
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Voting Competitions

I recently entered a Facebook competition by Marbig. I had to create a 50 character slogan to go onto a coffee mug. My entry was WHAT’S WITH THE SELFIE? GET A LIFE! The prize was a Nespresso Coffee Machine. I don’t even drink coffee but that’s what happens when you get serious about comping: it
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